"Suge" Knight's business partner pleads in video sale case
LOS ANGELES — The business partner of Marion "Suge" Knight has pleaded no contest to selling sealed video evidence from his murder trial.
Mark Blankenship entered a plea Wednesday to a count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Prosecutors say Blankenship and Knight's girlfriend arranged to sell surveillance video from a Compton hamburger stand of Knight hitting two men with his truck in 2015. One man died.
TMZ bought the video for $55,000 after a judge in Knight's murder case had barred its public release.
Blankenship was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution to the hamburger stand.
His co-defendant, Toi-Lin Kelly, pleaded no contest to conspiracy in 2017 and received probation and community service.
Knight is serving a 28-year sentence after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter.
5-year restraining order for ex-Spears manager
A judge has issued a five-year restraining order forbidding Britney Spears' former manager from contacting the singer or her family or making disparaging statements about them online.
Judge Brenda Penny reached the decision Thursday after hearing testimony from the ex-manager, 44-year-old Sam Lutfi, and from Spears' father, James Spears, who controls most of her affairs via a court-ordered conservatorship.
Penny rejected arguments from Lutfi's attorney, Marc Gans, that the order is an unconstitutional restraint on his speech.
Gans said outside court that they are considering appealing.
James Spears in his testimony called Lutfi a predator who has harassed his family for more than a decade. His lawyers argued that Lutfi has been trying to undermine the conservatorship and to incite fans to help him.
Britney Spears was not in court.